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Old 07-18-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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Default Good Places to Harvest Ambient Microbes Tampa Bay?

I just moved to St. Petersburg and am interested in doing some experiments with spontaneous fermentation. Does anyone have any good recommendations for orchards or fruit groves in the Tampa Bay area that might let a person leave an open jar of unfermented wort for a few days? I'd do it in my back yard, but I figured with all the fruit production in the area, there must be some better spots.

I'm also looking to meet likeminded brewers in the area. Thanks in advance!



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Old 07-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #2
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I live just north of St Pete/Tampa, so I'm subbed.



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Old 07-30-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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bumping this thread...nobody?

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What a coincidence! I live in St Pete and just decided to play around with local yeasts last weekend. I'm not aware of any particularly good spots to do this, but file me under "likeminded."

FWIW, I got the idea from a guy who also lives in St Pete who accidentally left some leftover wort outside for a few days and found it fermenting, with a pellicle formed on top. He said he just left it for a while after that. He's not a sour beer fan, but he said the finished product tasted sour and not disgusting, so that's something. He might blend it with another base beer, but I told him to hold a sample for me before he does anything!

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Francis, the owner at Booth's Brewing Sullies in Brandon has successfully captured some local wild yeast and made a nice saisson with it.

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thanks, y'all. great to hear there are some folks out there with a similar mindset.

justin, did you put out jars of wort in your backyard? i've got a friend in south st. pete who has a lot of fruit trees and doesn't go crazy with the pesticides, so i think i'll set some jars out there this weekend. would love to compare the various things we've been able to collect! perhaps we could brew a few gallons for some test batches...

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The podcast on basic brewing radio with Jean Van Roy from Cantillon should provide some insight.

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I think more important than location would be time for you.
http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USFL0438

Looks like January is your lowest average lows. If you had a forecast saying it was going to be a particularly cold night one of those weeks in January, I'd shoot for that. From what I've ready, you are looking for bacterial counts to drop. Not that you can't get lucky some other time of the year, but you will have the best chance of a successful culture if harvested on a cold night.

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thanks, y'all. great to hear there are some folks out there with a similar mindset.

justin, did you put out jars of wort in your backyard? i've got a friend in south st. pete who has a lot of fruit trees and doesn't go crazy with the pesticides, so i think i'll set some jars out there this weekend. would love to compare the various things we've been able to collect! perhaps we could brew a few gallons for some test batches...
I'm actually going to make some wort today to try and harvest some yeast in my backyard. I have a lot of banana trees, so who knows what will happen?
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I'm actually going to make some wort today to try and harvest some yeast in my backyard. I have a lot of banana trees, so who knows what will happen?
Any luck with this?......curious....have some friends with an assortment of tropical fruits in their backyard


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